On Tuesday, I was fortunate enough to have the chance to see up close and personal a new home community being built in Blacksburg. The community is called "Mount Tabor Meadows", and it's a project being built out by Green Valley Builders. I've mentioned it briefly before.
So what? There's a lot of construction going on around Montgomery County, what's so special about this one?
Mount Tabor Meadows is building these homes to be Earthcraft-certified, and they're working hard to assure that each home exceeds the Earthcraft standards. It's one of the first times in recent memory that we've seen a builder locally truly practice the green model with new construction on a large-scale basis, and I'm glad to see it come.
How is an EarthCraft house certified? It starts with the builder joining the EarthCraft House program, attending training, and registering as an ENERGY STAR partner. But it doesn't stop there ... when a home is being built to EarthCraft standards, the builder must participate in a design review with EarthCraft House staff and do a walkthrough with that same staff, as well as pass a final inspection by an EarthCraft House inspector. Other requirements include:
It's no joke, and these guys seem to be taking it very seriously. I'm glad to see their project beginning to take shape - if you'd like more information on the project, or a personal tour of the site and available homes, contact me and we'll set it up!
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